December 22, 2014 By Diane Cohen Bronx, NY — New York City Council Member Andy King recently posted a social media message calling on the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch to apologize for urging officers to disinvite Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from official police funerals.
December 19, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – Organizing is, and always has been, one of the toughest challenges that unions have. But 101-year-old Charles Ponti, Sr, OPEIU Local 153 Retirees Association president, should be an inspiration to all those struggling to get workers to sign cards. Ponti has been organizing for more than…
December 16, 2014 By Stephanie West Trenton, New Jersey – A 'Buy America' bill is anticipated to pass the New Jersey Assembly with a companion bill expected covering bi-state agencies. The next step is for Governor Chris Christie to sign this legislation that would allow domestic manufacturers to realistically compete for government contracts.
December 15, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco Brooklyn, NY – Councilman Brad Lander [D-39th District], may have stood up for low-wage workers fighting for their jobs at a Brooklyn car wash this weekend, but he was unwilling to weigh in on the roughly 300 workers who could lose their jobs if the Central Park horse carriage ban…
December 15, 2014 By Joe Maniscalco New York, NY – If Mayor Bill de Blasio and other supporters of the horse carriage ban in the city council didn’t already get the message that organized labor stands steadfast against efforts to kill the Central Park horse carriage industry, a new New York State AFL-CIO resolution recently passed by…
December 15, 2014 By Steven Wishnia Last April, Ramon Mendez, a Mexican-born roofer in Los Angeles, complained to the Department of Labor that the contractor he worked for had stiffed him out of $12,000 he’d earned.
December 11, 2014 By Steven Wishnia The Supreme Court on Dec. 9 unanimously ruled that workers at Amazon warehouses aren’t entitled to get paid for having to spend up to half an hour waiting to be screened for stolen goods after their shifts are over.
December 11, 2014 By Stephanie West New York, NY – A report recently released by the United States Labor Department shows that up to 6.5 percent of New Yorkers are paid less than the minimum wage, with more than 300,000 workers suffering minimum-wage violations each month.
December 11, 2014 By Stephanie West New York, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the City has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Uniformed Superior Officers Coalition, marking the administration’s first contracts with uniformed unions.
December 9, 2014 By Stephanie West New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday December 8th, convened a special meeting of over a dozen Mayors and representatives from across the country for an immigration summit. The meeting focused on a discussion for the implementation of President Obama’s plans to act on immigration reform.